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Writer’s Voice Cafe
June 12 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Writer’s Voice Cafe
Wednesday, June 12
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
This month, the Provincetown Public Library continues its collaborative effort with the renowned Writers Voice Café. Continuing to further its mission of becoming a center for cultural storytelling in our community, the Library is working with the founding members of the Writer’s Voice Café to produce a series of monthly Cafés, Writing Workshops and Annual Events in 2019. Founded and hosted by Dian Hamilton in 2007, with Hilde Oleson and Lorraine Kujawa joining shortly thereafter, the Writer’s Voice Café provides writers and artists of all genres opportunities to share their work and to connect with others in the community for support and inspiration.
The June Writer’s Voice Cafe will feature Cape Cod PATH (People Against Trafficking Humans). Toni Levin and Cherie Young of PATH will define human trafficking, how to recognize it, and what you can do to help. They will talk about how people become victims, who are the traffickers, and what are the risk factors.
Cape Cod PATH (People Against Trafficking Humans) is a grass-roots task force working to end human trafficking (HT) and its risks in Cape Cod, Massachusetts. Path’s mission is to eradicate human trafficking on the Cape by raising awareness through education, outreach and collaboration. The typical trafficking victim is a girl age 14-17, though boys and transgender youth are also vulnerable. For further information, check www.capecodpath.org
Human Trafficking is a form of modern-day slavery. It is a criminal activity in which traffickers use force, fraud or coercion to control victims for purposes of engaging in commercial sex acts or forced labor services against their will.
PATH organization was created when inspired by the film screening of Hidden in Plain Sight in January 2014, a group of concerned citizen volunteers came together to do something about HT and immediately decided to form a task force. They conducted a search to determine if there were any statistics or resources about HT on Cape Cod, and found there were no statistics and only one organization equipped to help victims cope with their trauma. Knowing there are an estimated tens of thousands of people who are trafficked within the U.S. and millions more trafficked globally, we compiled our own statistics by aligning the risk factors associated with HT nationally with demographic data about the local community to determine the levels of risk on Cape Cod.
Our strategic, local solutions are informed by this evidence-based assessment and designed for multi-disciplinary collaboration with community partners. From the beginning, our members have had a strong working relationship with a Victim Assistance Specialist in the Department of Homeland Security Investigations, and we are in the process of developing partnerships with local organizations.
The June Writer’s Voice Café event at the Provincetown Public Library will be held in the Marc Jacobs Reading Room on Wednesday, June 12 from 6:00 to 8:00 pm. Open Mic begins the evening. Coffee, tea, and snacks will be served. Everyone is welcome! Free will donation. Wheelchair accessible.